Junior Chamber International:
Leaders of JCI Philippines talk about
investing in young people who are
ready to make a difference.
By CARLOS SANTOS
In all career paths and community endeavors, leadership skills are of utmost importance. Junior Chamber International (JCI) stands for this belief, empowering young individuals to spark change by providing them with leadership opportunities.
More than a nonprofit organization (NPO), JCI is a global movement of young dynamic people aged 18 to 40, who are dedicated to creating positive impact in their respective communities. They come from a vast array of sectors and backgrounds, united by the common goal of driving social progress.
JCI members are invested in improving the world’s future. Accordingly, the group aims to develop their knowledge and skills so they can make the right decisions and take the necessary actions towards bettering society.
A LEGACY OF 105 YEARS
Henry Giessenbier, Jr. was the man behind this global movement. At 18 years old, he established the Herculeaneum Dance Club, a social outlet for the youth of his community. This laid the foundation for the first JCI Movement, the Young Men’s Progressive Association, which was formed in 1915 at the Mission Inn in St. Louis, Missouri, United States (US).
At present, the organization continues to be guided by globally minded leaders who promote diversity, encourage collaboration, and embrace innovative ideas. Among them is John Glenn Lee, national president (NP) of JCI Philippines.
FROM HEADING A BUSINESS TO LEADING A MOVEMENT
A native of Legazpi City, Lee started his leadership journey by managing a business in the hotel and restaurant industry. He was .....